Our musical community includes people of all ages, abilities, cultural backgrounds, and financial means. The Heartstrings Program began in 2000 as a way to ensure that every student is able to access music study and performance. There are two branches of the Heartstrings Program – Tuition Assistance and the Musical Instrument Bank.
The CMA never turns anyone away because of an inability to pay. This year, $25,000 in contributed funds has been allocated to our Tuition Assistance Program, ensuring that quality music education is truly available to everyone. At any time, between 15% and 30% of CMA students receive need-based tuition assistance.
Musical Instrument Bank
The Musical Instrument Bank provides low-cost instrument rentals on a sliding scale, as low as five dollars per month. The Bank has grown to a collection of more than 250 instruments including traditional band/orchestra instruments, guitars, keyboards, ukuleles, and mandolins. While many of these instruments are used by CMA students, a majority are used by local 5th graders, enabling them to participate in their school instrumental music program. The majority of the instruments have been donated. Please consider donating your instrument.
Over 200 public, home, and private school students from over 40 schools in 5 districts use our instruments each year.
To make a donation online, simply fill out the form below. Once you hit submit you will be redirected to our secure online payment gateway.